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>> cnn couldn't resist getting in on the harlem shake action, doing our own little harlem shake video earlier in the week. there you go. that's what i'm talking about. i don't know. hey, i missed that opportunity. you and i will have to do it over the weekend, fredricka. >> although i've been kind of under a rock. i didn't know about the harlem shake until recently. now i'm onboard. >> it's all right. it's pretty simple. you can do it. have a great day. hello, everyone. i'm fredricka in for brooke baldwin. the news starts right now. just in to cnn, the fallout from that explosive doping confession continues for disgraced cyclist lance armstrong. he now faces a powerful new adversary, the united states government. cnn has just learned the department of justice is suing armstrong. ed, bring us up to date on all this, this dates back to when lance was riding alongside floyd
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landis with the u.s. postal service team, and then he comes out with this confession, et cetera, and now this pursuit by the justice department. >> reporter: several years ago that former teammate, floyd landis, in a whistleblower lawsuit filed against lang armstrong and his sports teams and various associates, that was filed a couple of years ago. now lance armstrong's lawyers tell us they have been notified by the department of justice and told that the justice department is joining in on that lawsuit. this is interesting because about a year ago the justice department failed or decided not to pursue any criminal charges against lance armstrong, had given that up before the u.s. anti-doping agency put out its report which led to lance armstrong confessing in that televised interview back in january that, indeed, he had used performance enhancing drugs throughout his cycling career and winning those seven tour de france titles. now this is a move that could cost lance armstrong tens of
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millions of dollars. what is interesting, lance armstrong's lawyers tell us they had been speaking and negotiating with federal lawyers over the last few weeks, a statement from one of those lawyers said lance and his representatives worked 0 constructively over these last weeks with federal lawyers to resolve this case fairly, but those talks failed because we disagree about whether the postal service was damaged. the postal service own studies show the service benefited tremendously from its sponsorship, benefits totaling more than $100 million. essentially, fredricka, this whistleblower lawsuit claims arm vong defrauded the u.s. postal service and that is an agency that paid armstrong and his teammates, the cycling team, somed $30 million to sponsor that team between 2001 and 2004 when lance armstrong was winning those tour de france titles. fredricka? >> and so, ed, i understand you saw that u.s. anti-doping agency encouraged, was lobbying the doj
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to actually do something, is that right? >> reporter: there are reports that the head of that agency had been pressuring eric holder to join in on this lawsuit or try to convince him to do so. of course the usada is an agency that lance armstrong and the head of that agency have butted heads tremendously over the last few months. in fact, they had asked lance armstrong to come in and testify under oath to clean up the sport of lance armstrong after getting a couple of extensionses and passing some deadlines. lance armstrong decided they weren't going to participate with the usada. so just having heard about that several days agoings we're now getting this news from the justice department. >> all right, ed lavandera, thank you for the update from dallas. after days of uncertainty, blade runner oscar pistorius driven away there from a south african courthouse today. his family with him. the double amputee olympian
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accused of murdering his girlfriend was granted freedom until his next court appearance on june 4. >> in this instance the accused has reached out to try to meet the state's case. of course against the background of those improbabilities that i have seen and met, that reaching out in the affidavit, in the way that he did, placing it before the court, together 0 with the fact that none of the factors that need to be established have been established, i come to the conclusion that the accused has made a case to be released on bail. >> after hearing impassioned final arguments from the defense and the prosecution, the judge set his bail at a little more than $112,000 u.s. dollars under the conditions of this bail pistorius can't go to his home where the shooting occurred, report to police twice a week, hand over his firearms as well as his passport, and he has also
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been told that he can't use drugs oregon drink alcohol. i want to bring in rodney uphoff from the south africa educational program. rodney, good to see you. does this seem like a fitting decision from the magistrate? >> good afternoon. i wasn't terribly surprised by the decision. after all, the key in setting bail in south africa or in the united states is, is the defendant a flight risk? >> rodney, i'm sorry. let me interrupt you for a moment. we'll get back to this discussion. the four spending cuts is a big issue here in the states that many have been concerned about. we just received this information in, this video from the president of the united states and his dments on it. let's listen. >> an adverse impact on families, on teachers, on parents who are reliant on head start programs, on our military readiness, on mental health services, on medical research.
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this is not a smart way for us to reduce the deficit. i've also been very clear that there's an alternative which is for us to take the balanced approach i presented where we have more strategic cuts upon programs we don't need and we close the tax loopholes that are taken advantage of only by the well connected and the well off. by the way, that's what the majority of the american people prefer. so i will continue to have conversations with members of congress, both while they're gone and when they get back next week. my hope is that we can see a different course taken by congress. this should be a no-brainer and let me just point out that the overall will be to slow down the recovery. and not only may end up being
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direct job loss but because the economy is softer, it also planes we're not going to be driving down unemployment as quickly as we should. so with respect to world leaders, i think that unlike issues like the debt ceiling, the sequester going into effect will not threaten the world financial system. it's not like the equivalent of the u.s. defaulting on its obligations. what it does mean, though, is that if the u.s. is growing slower, then other countries grow slower because we continue to be a central engine in world economic programs, so i don't think anybody would like to see this outcome. and particularly when we're poised to grow rapidly as housing comes back and we're starting to see real signs of the recovery taking root, it's the wrong prescription. but ultimately i don't need to
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persuade world leaders. they know that. i need to persuade members of congress and that can be harder sometimes. >> even if you think a deal -- even if you think the cuts are inevitable, do you see any realistic sign of being able to reach a deal over the next week? >> hope springs eternal. i will keep on making my case not only to congress but, more importantly, the american people. we take a smart approach to deficit reduction and do it in a way that doesn't invade our economy. i just realized i didn't have -- >> all right, president barack obama is imploring something needs to be done to avoid the spending cuts trying to apply some pressure on the hill as well. jim acosta with us now. what can the president impose is it. >> reporter: he's applying a lot of pressure right now. you saw the comments he made with the prime minister of japan, shinzo 0 abe.
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he made interesting comments we need to highlight, fredricka. one thing that he said there is that unlike the debt ceiling that this fight over sequestration is not going to plunge the country and the world into some kind of financial crisis or cause global financial problems. that seems to be a message to congress that, hey, you can take just as long as you want with this. he did say this is not a smart way to go about doing this, that real people will be hurt, but in terms of how he's putting the pressure on congress, keep in mind he's only had one phone conversation or a few phone conversations that we know of with republican leaders on capitol hill, what he's been doing, fredricka, is going over the heads of congress. he was speaking in front of first responders, as you l recall earlier this week. he'll be going down to a naval shipyard in the tide water area of virginia on tuesday to sell his message on these forced budget cuts then and he had his department of transportation secretary ray lahood come out of the white house briefing earlier
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this afternoon just around noontime saying that if these forced automatic budget cuts go through there are going to be major delays at the airports because they aren't going to have enough air traffic controllers manning their stations. and so what the white house is doing at this point, fredricka, and they have learned, they believe, from past budget crises, is that it might be more effective to go over the heads of congress, talk about all of the ways this will affect people instead of those conversations over the phone which, as the president knows, hasn't gone very far, at least in some of these past crises, fredricka. >> talking $1.2 billion cuts that impact defense and other domestic spending issues and ayaz. thanks so much, jim acosta there from the white house. and in a moment when we come back, we're going to resume our conversation about oscar pistorius, blade runner, and the bail imposed on him in pretoria. oil changes at meineke are always a great deal.
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and just to revise, or revisit this now, under the conditions of his bail, he can't go to his home where the shooting occurred. he must report to police twice a week. he must steer clear of all witnesses in the case and hand over his firearms and passport. and, he has had also been told that he cannot us a drugs or even drink alcohol. so let's bring back rodney inhoff. earlier i asked you if you were surprised at this -- i guess it's a fairly lenient bail that was imposed on oscar pistorius? >> well, it may seem lenient, but i think the key was that the judge did not feel that mr. pistorius was like ly to be a threat to flee, which is the most important consideration. he didn't see him as someone who was likely to intimidate or threaten witnesses or destroy
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evidence. and he gave a lengthy explanation of his activities that night which the judge certainly found some significant issues with that statement and explained why he had some reservations or doubts about some of the statements made. nonetheless, he felt that it was unl unlikely, in his view, that mr. pistorius would simply try to take off rather than defend himself in court. so taking all those things into consideration, the judge decided to grant bail and give him the opportunity to stay out of prison, which is the situation in south africa. you don't go to a county jail. you go to prison if you are not released on bail. >> so in what way might this decision impact the upcoming trial or even impact whether charges would change?
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right now it's plea meditated murder he's facing, but might there be some wiggle room now that he has been allowed out, that it does seem a bit lenient, might there be some wiggle room that these charges might be changed? >> i don't think that the judge's decision with respect to bail has any he can whatsoever on the charging decision by the prosecutors. i think that they are probably continuing to gather evidence, to review evidence, and they -- my best guess is that they will go ahead with the charge of premeditated murder. but if they decide to reduce the charge at all, which i think is highly unlikely, it will not be a result of any of the comments the judge made. >> and if convicted, to life sentence in south africa but the magistrate would or the judge would make a decision about what kind of jail time, if any, he
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would be facing. what's at stake here? what are the options? >> well, as you know, south africa does not have the death penalty but they do have mandatory life sentence and if he was convicted of premeditated murder, he would face a mandatory life sentence. but unlike in the united states, a mappedtory life sentence in south africa does allow for parole, so he would likely, this assumes he was convicted of premeditated murder, he would likely spend a significant period of time, maybe as much as 25 years, in presideison. if he's convicted of a lesser degree of murder, culpable homicide, then the judge is l e likely to impose a far less sentence. >> okay. and, you know, even in the investigative phases there have been some, i guess, real blunders. the magistrate himself used the word blundering errors, the chief investigators, and in addition to the fact that that
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person is facing some charges of his own, how might that impact the rest of this case or how it moves forward? >> sure. well, police bungling is not uncommon in south aftrica. it's an underresourced police force that has had problems ranging all the way from claims of incompetence to police corruption. nonetheless, the question is, were there enough police officers at the scene? did they gather the evidence appropriately? were there significant mistakes made there? did they get all the evidence? i'm not sure at the end of the day that the fact this particular officer who was in the lead in the early part of the case, whether or not his bungling will ultimately compromise the prosecution's ability to go forward and prove their case.
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>> rodney uphoff, thanks for your expertise. appreciate it. >> thanks are for your time. up next, we catch up with paula dean, the southern cooking queen, talks about her battles with diabetes and how eating right doesn't mean cutting out taste. ♪ [ male announcer ] every car we build must make adrenaline pump and pulses quicken. ♪ to help you not just to stay alive... but feel alive. the new c-class is no exception. it's a mercedes-benz through and through. see your authorized mercedes-benz dealer for exceptional offers through mercedes-benz financial services.
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paula dean has shed weight. she is touting regular recipes as well. her spokesman for diabetes and they have teamed up for a new contest to help people share tips on managing diabetes and paula dean joining us live now in miami at the food network south beach wine and food festival or food and wine festival. paula, good to see you. that's always a good time there. >> it's great. it's great to hear you, fredricka. >> i know. >> how are you, dear? >> i wish i were there with you. >> i wish you were. >> i'm doing good. tell me how you are highlighting this healthier eating and still enjoying rich, tasty food while
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you're there in south beach? >> well, fredricka, i am finally learning the real meaning of moderation. you know, nobody wants to go through life feeling like they are living a second-class life. you know, we want to enjoy all the good things in life. so i found moderation is working well for me. but, you know, there's a lot of things involved. you want to make sure that you visit your doctor regularly, are discussion your position. and where you need to be. i try to walk as much as i can. >> like every day or just fit it into your week? >> i kind of fit it into my week because my hours can be crazy. today i started at 5:00 a.m.
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this morning. >> oh, my. >> i probably won't get a walk in today. >> yeah. >> but i will run -- i will run to my bed tonight. >> okay, there you go. every little bit counts. when you talk about moderation you are talking about quantity sizes, you are not necessarily cutting out all the stuff that tastes so good that is, you know, like filled with a lot of butter or creams and all that good stuff but just reducing the portions. is that what you are talking about when you say moderation? >> right. exactly. you know, everybody has to choose what works best for them. some people want to feel like they can eat a lot. so that's when you come in and you substitute with the low-fat mayonnai mayonnaise, sour cream, that sort of thing. >> is the recommendation like a portion would be like your fist size? >> you know, i'm kind of the person that i want things to
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taste really, really good. so i'm for using the real ingredients and just cutting back on my portion. so, like i said, everybody has to decide what works best for them. >> i think we have an example of one of your recipes on how you can still enjoy something that's rich in flavor and taste, we're talking about your gumbo recipe, kind of gumbo light. >> the vegetable gumbo. >> how did you come about this and are what are the key ingredients? >> it's just delicious. it's vegetables. there's no meat in it. and we use low sodium ingredients in it. and it is absolutely delicious. in fact, people can go to diabetes and they will find recipes that we have really, really cut the fat and calories
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down in. and you don't feel deprived at all when you're eating these recipes. and have you heard about the contest that we've got going on right now? >> he will me all about it. by the way that gumbo recipe is on our website tell me about it before you go. >> you'll have to try that. well, from now until april 14th, we're asking people to take a snapshot of themselves or send in a video and just talk to me about your story. and it can be someone that loves you. >> your food story. your love of food kind of story? >> well, yeah, and battling with diabetes. and we're going to select six of those people along with a guest to come to savannah and have lunch with me. >> oh, nice. >> and just share stories and get to know each other. >> i love it. >> so i legally hope -- yes. i really hope that people out
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there that have fought the battle that i'm fighting will participate and maybe come to savannah and let's have a little party. >> i think people are very much inspired by you and your journey and are probably very much inspired now to come to savannah to visit with you. paula deen, thank you for squoing us from miami today. >> thank you, fredricka, i leave leaving home behind, i hope. >> fantastic. that's on the plate. thanks so much. all right. his vision was simple. provide every low-income high school student with access to heyer education. so michael carter launched strive for college, a free program that pairs high school students with mentors to help them apply for and get into college. and he is this week's cnn he re. hero. the state took me and my siblings away from my mom when i was 14. now we live with our
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tourist whose body was found inside a hotel water tank in los angel angeles. the autopsy on 21-year-old lamb was inconclusive. toxicology tests will be done. lam's decomposing body was discovered tuesday. she had been in the tank as long as 19 days while water flowed to rooms below. cnn's kyun dw lah takes us inside the hotel cecil. >> reporter: water from the tap, something the hotel doesn't want to you see, hotel resident alvin taylor helped us video it with a cell phone. chlorine. what the city is using to flush the hotel's entire water system after the gruesome discovery of a woman's body inside one of the rooftop tanks that may have been there for as long as two and a half weeks. four tanks connect to the hotel's drinking supply and
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during those weeks hundreds of residents and hotel guests had been using it. >> it really turns my stomach. a lot of people have left and went to another hotel. just the thought of it for so long. >> reporter: the woman inside the tank 21-year-old elisa lam. the tourist from vancouver, canada, arrived on january 26. surveillance video shows her acting oddly inside the hotel elevator as if she is hiding from someone, but this woman says lam didn't seem odd at all when they met. >> she was very outgoing, very lively, very friendly. >> reporter: orphan is the manager of a bookstore around the corner from the hotel called the last bookstore. one of the last places lam was seen by anyone as she bought records and presents for her parents and sister. >> talking about what books she was getting and whether or not what she was getting would be too heavy for her to carry around as she traveled or take home with her. >> reporter: that was january 31st. the young woman planned to see more of california, say police.
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her parents flew down to los angeles to plead for the city to help find their daughter. outside the family's restaurant near vancouver, a memorial, for a young life lost too soon in an unforgettable manner. >> it kind of feels like the beginning of a war novel, like this is the beginning of a raymond chandler story and phillip marlo is going to figure out what happened. and, unfortunately, this is real life. >> wow. as for the people who drank the water at the cecil hotel, the health department says its tests did not find any harmful bacter bacteria. it will be retested after all the building's pipes are drained, flushed, and sanitized. all right, coming up next, our daily hot topics debate including oscar pistorius as the subject matter ran to bail and now released from bail. did his star status have anything to do with the judge's decision? plus,s do we need the national guard to stop the gun violence in chicago? and what's behind the crackdown across the country on the harlem shake dance?
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welcome back. i'm fredricka whitfield in for brooke baldwin. for the next 20 minutes we'll be tackling the hot store quis you were ta stories you were talking about including this story about the blade runner, oscar pistorius. >> in this instance the accused has reached out to try to meet the state's case. of course against the background of those improbabilities that i have seen and mentioned, that reaching out in the affidavit in the way that he did, placing it before the court, together with the fact that none 0 of the factors that need to be established have been established, i have come to the conclusion that the accused has made a case to be released on bail. >> as pistorius bowed his head there, a magistrate granted bail to the south african track star
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accused of killing his model girlfriend. pistorius must now post $114,000 bond. must remain in the country and must not return to the scene of the crime, his own home. but until his next court date, at least pistorius is free. so let's bring in today's hot topics panel. craig crawford, blogger for, good to see you. >> happy friday. >> and whitney jefferson, celebrity editor at buzz feed. hello. and lola, a commentator and expert on all things pop culture. that's kiquite the net. and editor of pop goes the, good to see you. craig, you first. the magistrate granted bail because the chief investigator made errors and had legal problems of his own. does that seem like enough for that bond? >> i don't know if it has anything to do with him being an
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olympian, that they would be easy on him but it could have to do with he's a man because women's rights groups for a long time have complained that the judiciary system in south africa is lenient on domestic violence. they don't even keep stats on it. my hope would be the prosecutors have the opportunity and the sense to include a lesser charge in case premeditative murder doesn't stick. he's at least guilty of a drunken accident which would be reckless slaughter. >> okay. lola, do you see this as an issue of pistorius getting special treatment? was this considered a lenient bail in your view and, if so, is it because of his celebrity status, because of his condition? how do you see it? >> well, i don't necessarily think it was special treatment, but the judge essentially argued that he is a public figure. he's well known. he will not be able -- he won't be a flight risk because of the fact he is such a high-profile figure and his prosthetics make him immediately recognizable so he didn't see a flight risk at
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all and that's one of the reasons he decided to grant him bail. >> brian, how do you weigh in on this? do you think the same question would be asked if there was no bond? >> i think the fact he is an olympian and a celebrity we would be asking no matter what the question today. where he was being held reportedly up until this time for this pretrial hearing was not the same place most people would would stay. he was actually in a holding cell as oppose d to the regular jail that everyone else would be in. so that was actually kind of raising suspicions right there. in addition to saying is he a flight risk, which to your point, is that he's recognizable, is he a harm to others? that's where the prosecution really dropped the ball and just didn't deliver the information the judge needed to say, yeah, we have to keep him in prison. >> in fact, wendy, that was the criteria. the two questions the judge entertained, danger to the community or risk of flight. is that, in your view, the
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criteria that was weighed solely? >> i don't know if that's the only criteria they weighed. i think the public's perception may have had a little bit to do with the judge's ruling had morning. i mean, think about it. we were all rooting for him during the olympics. he was such a hero, such an inspiration. and i think that he does have the public sympathy and i would think that it might have had something to do with the judge's ruling this morning. maybe, maybe not. >> we have to remember, also, the prosecutors and investigators really botched this case, contaminated the crime scene. >> i was going to say the same thing. >> the lead investigator they had to get rid of because he's charged with murder in another case. >> he's not only charged -- you know, he's not, fredricka, not only charged with attempted murder, seven counts of attempted murder, but he's are already admitted to contaminating -- allegedly shooting at a minivan while he was drunk, so that makes him a questionable lead chief investigator already. but when you couple that with the fact he's already admitted the same person to contaminating the crime scene, it makes it --
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it's very messy but very fascinating. >> we're going to be revisiting this again. we have another hot topic, taking aim at chicago violence. is the national guard the answer? this panel debates that right after this. xury crossover and kept turning the page, writing the next chapter for the rx and lexus. this is the pursuit of perfection. wthto fight chronic.pter osteoarthritis pain.. to fight chronic low back pain. to take action. to take the next step. today, you will know you did something for your pain. cymbalta can help. cymbalta is a pain reliever fda-approved to manage chronic musculoskeletal pain. one non-narcotic pill a day, every day, can help reduce this pain. tell your doctor right away if your mood worsens, you have unusual changes in mood or behavior or thoughts of suicide. anti-depressants can increase these in children, teens, and young adults.
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one was pendleton, killed by gunfire in a park just a mile from president obama's chicago home. last year there were more than 500 murders in chicago. so how should the city work to stop it? one says call in the national guard. >> government along with state federal assets need to come in here and clean this up just like it was a natural disaster. you've got to reinforce the liberties of the people to be able to walk the street and so little girls like miss pendleton don't get shot in the schoolyard. that's a shame. that shouldn't happen in america. >> that's retired generous l h 0 generous l honore. he is a be man who knows a thing or two about getting a bad situation. you can see people were applauding him at the time. let's bring back the panel and ask is the national guard the
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way to end gun violence in chicago? brian, you first. do you think this might be a good idea? >> well, i think chicago is in a death con five situation. when you consider that chicago is hatch the size of new york and yet they exceeded new york city by about 100 homicides, that's troubling. we have a problem. and sometimes the right decision isn't always easy and it isn't always popular, but clearly something has to be done. there are kids that want to go to skel and feel safe. parents want to feel safe. i feel this is a good move. >> whitney, if there were an easy answer this would have been done already. is this an answer, national guard? >> i'm not sure if it's the answer, but it's definitely an answer. i feel like i read some number this morning that said there were over 200 gun related violence occurring since newtown 0. there needs to be a stop to it. people need to feel safe in their home city and in their homes and i don't think it would
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be a bad thing too much the national guard come to chicago and fix it. >> so, lola, we've heard this idea before during similar crises but it never really comes to fruition. so why would it be different this time? >> i don't know if the national guard is necessity moment. i agree with the rest of the panelists. it's reached epidemic proportions in chicago and something needs to be ton. but maybe bringing in state police officers, maybe making more of an aggressive hiring campaign and heavily policing the neighborhoods where this crime is actually happening would be the way before i would call in the national guard. that said, the chicago citizens should feel safe walking the streets and not feel like every time they step outside their door they are playing a game of russian roulette. >> i just don't understand what the guard would actually do. i can't figure out how they would help. i worry about troops from southern illinois being expected to tell the difference between a gang member and a law abiding citizen and the danger that poses. i almost think the snowstorm
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would have done a better job lowering the murder rate than that would. maybe the national guard in the suburbs and the police there can then go into the city, into the problem areas because i would trust the local police to know more about the local situation and how to deal with it. they need more manpower. >> that's an interesting notion. go ahead. >> i think just this story, someone made the suggestion back in 2010 and still the problem has gotten worse. there was a report just like this three years ago and i think we can -- the same way we tell a difference between a policeman and civilian we can do the same thing with the national guard. they are trained to be in the military at a moment's notice. these are people whose resources they can use. >> i just don't think they're trained for this kind of work. but for them at reece it's better than going to afghanistan. >> if it keeps someone from pulling a gun on another person, i'm all for it. >> good food for thought. up next for this panel, the dance craze now sweeping the nation from high schoolers to
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adults. everyone is doing the harlem shake. ♪ >> all right. looks fun, looks innocent. why some schools and cities are actual areally cracking down on "the harlem shake." even suspending students.
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"the harlem shake" you've seen it on subways, under water, heck, we're even guilty of doing it here at cnn. the dance craze has clearly
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taken over the world at this point. do you believe this dance is getting some students in major trouble? early this week 13 students at a pennsylvania high school were s suspended for two days after filming this video in a classroom during a photography class. students say the substitute teacher gave them permission. well, the substitute now says that isn't quite the case. the brownsville school district says it cannot comment on student discipline. the mother of one of the suspended girls gave her side of the story early today on 0 hln. >> my daughter's paper said that she was suspend ed for disordery conduct and guys respect to the teacher. i don't agree with the video. i don't agree with being up on the tabs. the substitute teacher or any teacher, she should have gained control of that classroom. >> oh, boy. back with the panel. what's going on there?
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so, craig, is this kind of the "footloose" of today? >> you know, i thought that last sequel "footloose" was outdated. i can't believe kids are still fighting for the right to dance. and that was a photography class. i mean, a photography class making a video that goes viral, they ought to get straight as for that not a suspension. >> i wonder is it an issue of the dance or maybe their rendition of the dance? i don't know what's going on with the pole there and stuff, or is it that it's in a classroom when instead kids should have been studying? how might the school district have been, i guess, dissecting this kind of dance? >> well, some of the dancing was a little lewd so i will give the principals and school officials there, but that said -- >> they kept their clothes on. at least they kept their clothes on. >> yes, there was no quote/unquote dirty dancing, it was suggestive but not quite
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dirty. that said it's a harmless prank. this is a dance craze sweeping the nation and these kids are just having a little -- they're having a little fun. they're being teenagers. at worse, give them a detention and call it a day. that will affect their college admissions to suspend them. i don't think that's fair. detention and call it a day. fr fredricka, really quickly, these kids don't even have it as bad as the student in queens, new york city. apparently he was suspended for five days can -- >> oh, 0 my. >> and he was arrested for trying to create a harlem shake flash mob. so these kids got off easy. >> whitney, i saw you grooving a little bit. the tune is catchy. you can't help but move a little bit. buzz feed had its own rendition, right? it was on youtube. >> i was in that so i don't know -- oh, you've got it. >> where are you in there? >> i have a paw in my hand, i'm kind of hidden. >> here you go, get the national guard to stop the harlem shake. >> i see the paw.
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okay. drama queen. >> not my proudest moment but, listen, i want to say this, when i was in high school, we were satisfied to pull a senior prank and have it be a local legend for a year or two. now kids want to be -- like get millions of views on youtube. they want infamy. i don't know. it's gotten too out of control, i think. youtube has made these people hunt for fame in a way that i don't understand. it's harmless fun. should these kids be suspended and arrested for dancing? >> after youtube -- >> maybe roll a little tape and you can give us your rendition as we say good-bye. what do you think? >> no way. i'm afraid mine would frighten the family dog. >> you're not with me? >> yeah, i'm with you. >> go whitney. whitney jefferson, lola, brian, and craig crawford, thanks -- there we go. ♪
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the shooting and fiery crash that killed three people and shut down part of the las vegas strip started as an argument in a hotel valet lot.
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that spat ended when someone in a range rover shot at a maserati killing the driver and sending the car careening across a busy intersection. the maserati hit several cars including a taxi which burst into flames as you see. miguel marquez has been digging into the identities of the victims, how this all came about. what have you learned? >> reporter: it is so hard to look at that video there, fred. michael boldin is the cab driver on his very first call of the day, a 62-year-old man. he had been in las vegas for about a year. he's from detroit. this is a guy who his brother says always had a smile on his face and would do anything to help out anyone. >> my life's mission would be to see them punished and brought to justice for the thing that they did. they don't know who they touc d touched. >> reporter: so heartbreaking to watch that. kenneth cherry was the gentleman in the maserati that crashed into the taxicab that then exploded. he was from oakland but it lived
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in las vegas for many years. he was an aspiring rapper, he went by kenny clutch. he had two kids. his father says their family is just devastated by this. >> when i talk about my son, that was the sweetest young man i ever met in his life. he had a little mean streak in him but all kids do. kenny was a smart, lovable person, and he cared about other people. >> reporter: now police have been tightlipped with the details about this only saying that it started in the valet area of the hotel but as anyone who has been to vegas knows, there is tons of surveillance everywhere, not only inside but squoud these different hotels, so one suspects that they have a pretty good line on who may be responsible for this. they do say there was a nationwide be on the lookout or bolo alert for that black suv, that range rover. >> a terrible situation. miguel marquez, thanks so much from los angeles. a quick look at the other top stories. disgraced cyclist lance
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armstrong now faces a powerful new adversary, the united states government. the department of justice is joining armstrong's former teammates, floyd landis, in his whistleblower lawsuit. officials insist armstrong defrauded the government by doping while riding for the u.s. postal service. armstrong made more than $30 million in the sponsorship deal. and a police sergeant who trained chryistopher dorner provided the first information linking him to a string of murders in los angeles. the "l.a. times" reports terry evans tipped police dorner might have killed the daughter of a former l.a. cop and her fiance. evans had been called by an officer who found her name along with dorner's discarded uniform in a san diego dumpster after those murders. evans was given police protection until dorner killed himself eight days later as authorities closed in. and when they line up sunday at the world's most famous stock car race, the top spot will go
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to the driver named danica sue. danica sue patrick will start from the pole position in the daytona 500. she claimed the top spot with a first place finish during qualifying last sunday. she is the first woman ever to win the daytona pole. let's listen to danica patrick as she spoke a short time ago. she says she needs to be tough out there. >> i think one of the things that i've worried a little too much about on these speedways is being really fair and caring about every single driver out there and trying to show them i'm loyal, being behind them and things like that. you notice a lot of guys at the front, they go. and when other drivers see someone who wants to go, they want to go, too, and they'll go with them. i think i just need to be a little bit more aggressive from that standpoint. >> well, you go, danica. the daytona 500 starts sunday 1:00 eastern time. all right, the end of benedict xvi's reign as pope
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will also mean the end of his twitter feed. vatican radio says the pope's twitter account will be closed at 8:00 rome time february 28th. that's benedict's last day in office. in the two and a half months the pope has been on twitter he has attracted more than 2 million followers. and oscar pistorius broke down in tears today, sobbing and shaking as the imagines straight spent two hours recapping the murder case against him. then the magistrate granted him bail. >> that reaching out in the affidavit in the way that he did, placing it before the court, together with the fact that none of the factors that need to be established have been established. i come to the conclusion that the accused has made a case to be released on bail. >> yes!
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>> the man known as blade runner shown leaving the court today with his family. pistorius' troubles are far from over. his next court date is june 4th, and his trial may not start until the end of the year. cnn's robyn curnow joins us now from johannesburg. we heard that outburst in the courtroom. was he among those? >> reporter: no, not at all. that outburst -- that outburst came from, i think, a group of friends towards the back of the court. what was very clear is that pistorius' family's react was quite muted. they didn't want to look, or they certainly didn't look like they were celebrating. there was a quiet resignation from what i understand, and they all sort of huddled around sort of praying. pistorius himself barely acknowledged the bail application, the fact that it had been begin a go-ahead. he was still very immobile, seemed to sort of disconnected
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are from the proceedings around him. you know, a few days ago we were chatting about how he was really sobbing and crying and often responding to what was going on and what was said during the court process. i mean today and particularly with that bail application and the announcement, he just seemed to have been somewhere else, switched off. that said, our pro-tuesdayers in the courtroom said there was a sort of sigh of relief, this exhaustion, this sort of sense of -- the tension in that courtroom and, of course, everywhere else, two hours of argument and judgment. it was very, very palpable and that magistrate really played with the theater of it, didn't he? and so at the last minute only did he give it away. it was a real sense of relief it was over. everybody looked exhausted. >> is there a feeling from those who have been watching these proceedings that this bail kind of sets a tone as to what kind
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of legal proceeding pistorius might be facing, that rulings may come in his favor? >> reporter: no, i don't think so. what was clear from this t two-hour judgment was just how the magistrate kind of was critical of both the defense and the prosecution's case saying the state didn't have a watertight case but he also said that the defense really hadn't proved exceptional circumstances, so he kind of -- what was obvious this is going to be a mammoth trial when it does come to trial, this sort of clash between these two versions of events. it is going to be significant. so that is also playing out on the streets here because there's now all this realization that there's team oscar and team reeva and even within families there's disagreement over, you know, what should happen to oscar and the reaction. and i want to give you a sense, we spoke to a young man on the
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side of the road when we were doing our live shots, and this is what he had to say. >> and it's amazing how my family members will feel from how i am. >> reporter: do they think he should go to jail? >> some of them. some think he should rot in jail and he's a danger to society. it's funny how yesterday we called him a hero and people say he just just be put to the side. >> reporter: as you know, eight days after that valentine's day murder, i think it is sinking in across the country that this has been quite a remarkable fall from grace, hasn't it? >> it has indeed. robyn curnow, thank you for the continued updates. and this breaking news here. the pentagon is grounding all-35 fig fighter planes. f-35 fighter planes all being grounded. inspectors found a crack in an engine fan blade during an inspection inc california. we'll keep following the story
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and bring you details as we learn them. and u.s. officials warn iran is one step closer to a enthusiast nuclear weapon. a new centrifuge that can accelerate the enrichment process. for more on this, this is a week out from tehran's nuclear talks in kazakhstan. is this an act of defiancdefian? >> reporter: certainly it kind of calls into question, fred, whether the iranians are really serious about taking steps to prove that its nuclear program is peaceful. even as they're getting ready to talk, the new centrifuges can produce you're an yes, ma'am three or four times faster than its old ones. one step closer to having a nuclear bomb more quickly, that's really a concern that they can more quickly produce this nuclear material. they're also working on some of those other components of the
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the fda approved a new breast cancer drug today. may be some offering of new hope for women battling a spes i can type of advanced breast cancer, the new drug is not for all breast cancer patients. senior medical correspondent elizabeth cohen with us now to help us understand all of this. so a specific kind of cancer. >> right. about one out of four with women have a kind of breast cancer and for these women this is really great hope. imagine you've tried everything and there's nothing more you can do. doctors are throwing up their hands. now there is another drug you can try called cakadcyla. and i want to be sure to say, this is not a cure. this is not curing women. what it's doing is it's giving them more months of life. >> treatment then. this is treatment. >> treatment that will give you more months of life. i want to look at the numbers. >> you have to be fairly
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advanced stages when this is applied? >> the women were very advanced stage. they tried everything. now in practice when this is on the market anyone can use it and there may be doctors using it for different stages of breast cancer, but so far it's only been studied in women with very late stage. >> any potential side effects, risks that come with this? >> there are some risks, a very small number of women get, for example, congestive heart failure. traditional kills healthy and unhealthy cancerous tissue. this is like a heat seeking m s missile for cancer cells so attacks just the cancer cells. so far fewer side effects than regular chemo. >> how about cost? how expensive or how accessible? >> you hear a new high-tech drug, you think money. this costs nearly $100 a year. that's a lot of money. now insurance will likely pay for it, so women with insurance will likely be covered. of course you worry about the women who don't when it's that
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expensive. it depends, of course, on what kind of insurance you have. it's not -- there are other drugs for cancer that -- new drugs that also cost sort of in this neighborhood but still, yes, $94,000 a year. that's a lot of money. >> nonetheless, fair ly hopeful. >> again, not a cure. didn't work for everyone. but some women saw, let's say, another five months of life. some women saw another ten months of life. that's a wonderful thing when you think you've reached the end of the road. >> it offers some hope. sometimes you need at least that. >> some hope. >> elizabeth cohen, thanks so much. appreciate that. coming up next, drew peterson sentence d to 38 years in prison for killing his wife. this sketch of peterson on the stand yesterday and, let me tell you, he had a few words for the court there. a new belt. some nylons. and what girl wouldn't need new shoes? and with all the points i've been earning, i was able to get us a flight to our favorite climbing spot
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former illinois cop drew peterson will like ly spend the rest of his life in prison. he was sentenced yesterday to 38 years with a credit of four already served for killing his third wife kathleen savio. he was convicted of murdering s savio. her death in 2004 had been ruled an accident until peterson's
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fourth wife, stacy, disappeared in 2007. she still has not -- her body had has still not been found. peterson showed anger at his sentence. just look at this sketch right here. he yelled in court, i did not kill kathleen. defense attorney joey jackson is on the case. joey, good to see you again. the defense asked for a retrial. it got denied. will peterson ever get a new trial, or what circumstances would he? >> it seems unlikely, fredricka. now what the attorneys were trying to do was to get him a new trial under ineffective assistance of counsel grounds and that means basically that my lawyer messed up in common, plain english. the are problem is that this is a matter of trial strategy. briefly with regard to the trial, it was hotly contested testimony that was allowed in. hearsay testimony, right? there were his wife who went missing, was allowed to it testify from the grave saying, i fear him. he's going to kill me and, are guess what, she did die.
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his fourth wave, who he has not been charged for, as you noted, also statements were allowed in and harry smith, a divorce attorney from his fourth wife, was called by the defense, and the defense in eliciting testimony said on the stand could i -- this was his testimony as he testified. he testified that his fourth wave, stacy, called him and said, listen. i really believe drew killed his third wife, kathleen. if i say that, can i squeeze money out of him from a divorce proceeding? why would you allow testimony like that? his new lawyers are saying it was a real botch to allow testimony lake that to proceed, but the court said it's a matter of trial strategy. you called him, you live with it. that's the issue. >> so might he still potentially face charges involving the missing wife stacy? >> it's certainly likely. now what will happen is there will be an investigation as there has been to determine where she went. she disappeared, of course, and she hasn't been heard or found since. so it's likely he could be
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charged. there's justice here if you're the family of stacy. you know, you want more justice. you want him to be concluded guilty but certainly kathleen's family is happy at the notion he'll be away for 38 years. finally, fredricka, you know they're still appealing and they're going to appeal on the grounds this was a hearsay trial. initial initially it was ruled an accident. they exhumed her body when the fourth wife went missing. they reclassified it not an accident, as a homicide. there was no evidence to be found but on those hearsay statements he was found guilty. those lawyers will be attacking and attesting whether they should have been allowed. chicago passed a law, drew's law, to allow such statements from people from the grave. >> wow. so complex. it's tough to follow that case. next case, the former mayor, oscar hernandez, on trial for allegedly misappropriating more than $1 million in public funds.
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the mayor got a salary of $100,000 for doing part-time work but now his lawyer claims he's uneducated and didn't have the training to know his salary was so huge and that it was illegal. joey, his lawyer points out that hernandez didn't even go to college. you're a defense attorney. does this argument have any weight that he just didn't know? he was uneducated about it all? >> you know, fredricka, i wish i could go into court and say, your honor, please excuse my client. they had no knowledge, they had no idea, no college, no high school, and no elementary school, as was the defense here. the answer to that question is, no. we've heard the axiom that ignorance of the law is no excuse and that provides the same thing here. you can not defend a case on the ground of i just department know. i paid myself too much money. you should have known. if you didn't know, it's theft and that means conviction and jail. we'll see. the jury is still out. >> joey jackson, thanks so much.
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it could be weeks before we find out what killed a canadian tourist whose body was found inside a hotel water tank in los angeles. the autopsy on 21-year-old elisa lam was inconclusive. toxicology tests will be done. lam's body was discovered tuesday. she had been in a tank on the hotel roof as long as 19 days while water from that tank actually flowed to the rooms below. surveillance video shows lam acting oddly in a hotel elevator there, are the last day that she was seen alive, but the manager
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of a bookstore around the corner from the hotel says lam didn't seem odd the day they met. >> talking about what books she was getting and whether or not what she was getting would be too heavy for her to carry around as she traveled or to take home with her. it kind of feels like the beginning of a war noflg, this is the beginning of a raymond chandler story and phillip marlo is going to figure out what happened. and, unfortunately, this is real life. >> the water will be tested after they're flushed and sanitized. to reports of illegal activity at one of the most respected federal rag sagencies the country, the fbi. stunning internal fbi reports reveal details of agents bugging their boss' office and one agent who used a government-issued
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phone to send nude photos. investigative correspondent drew griffin has the story. >> reporter: the fbi's motto is fidelity, bravery, integrity. agents take down bank robbers -- >> shots are being fired. >> reporter: and the mob. the fbi's polished image kept in the spotlight by countless tv shows and movies. >> i'm with the fbi. >> reporter: but there's another side to the fbi contained in these confidential internal records obtained by cnn. that show serious misconduct by employees and even supervisors. assistant fbi director candace oversees the agency's office of professional responsibility. she sends out the reports four times a year to all 36,000 employees. >> we do our very best. we don't obviously if you know anything about our quarterlies. they're not a public document.
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that doesn't mean cnn doesn't have a copy. there are no names. there are no locations. there are no job titles. we do our very best to sanitize the quarterlies so that the employees' identity is protected while impart iing as much knowledge as we can about what happened so that employees can learn something from it. >> reporter: cnn obtained these summaries from the last year that include an employee who hid a recording device in a supervisor's office and did an unauthorized search of that office. another who was involved in a domestic dispute at a mistress' apartment in which the police were called. another hid or destroyed electronic evidence. and one other employee repeatedly committed check fraud. and then there's the employee who married a drug user dealer and lied about it. all of them were fired. knowing what this agency does, knowing what this agency is about, how can anybody be so stupid? >> well, you know, it's funny
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you say that because we do -- we look at our cases and we are stressed sometimes. i've been doing this a really long time. i've been doing this nine years at the fbi. and as long as i've been doing it, and there are days i think, okay, i've seen it all, but i really haven't. i still get files and think, wow, i never would have thought of that. >> reporter: i don't think i would ever bug my boss' office especially if may boss was an fbi agent. >> that's extraordinary. i agree. there are some that sort of do just take the cake, and that was one where planting a recording device and rifling through a briefcase and lying about it, that's why this employee -- that's why this is a former employee. >> reporter: the internal reports show a 14-day suspension for the employee who paid for a sexual favor at a massage parlor, using a personal cell poen to send nude photographs to other employees got a ten-day suspension. but there was only a five-day suspension for the employ wre who repeatedly used a government-issued black ber ary to send sexually explicit
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messages to another employee at work. these actions follow misconduct we reported two years ago that included sleeping with info informants and viewing pornography on bureau computers. is that enough punishment for this kind of behavior? >> keep in mind if you lose a week's pay, that hurts, or two weeks' pay in some of those cases. we have seen a rash of sexting cases and nude photograph cases. people misusing their blackberry for these reasons, and we are hoping that getting the message out in the quarterlies will teach people you can't do this stuff. when you're given an fbi bla blackberry, it's for official use. it's not to text the woman in another office who you found attractive or to send a picture of yourself in a state of undress. >> reporter: in the last three years the fbi disciplined 1,045 employees, 85 were fired. the internal warning sent out by her office do deter bad
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an economy poised to soar is under attack from its own government. i'm ali velshi. this is "your money." doing it the only way they know how, by targeting you. forced government spending cuts take effect march 1st. it's what washington has been calling the sequester. it's a stupid name for a stupid thing. >> these cuts are not smart. they are not fair. they will hurt our economy. they will add hundreds of thousands of americans to the unemployment roles. this is not an be a tracks. people will lose their jobs. >> reporter: you've heard the big numbers, $1.2 trillion in cuts over ten years.
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$85 billion this year. that's 13% cuts to defense, 9% to everything else. >> we're weeks away from the president's sequester and the president laid out no plan to eliminate the sequester and the harmful cuts that come as a result. >> reporter: the forced budget cuts came in the 2011 debt ceiling debacle passed by congress and signed by the white house. a worst case scenario that would be so bad it would force lawmakers to make a deal. now it's become a poison pill that the nation may have to swallow beginning march 1st. and if it happens, 70,000 children kicked off head start programs putting more than 14,000 teaching and staff jobs at risk, fewer inspections for things like horse meat in your burgers, cuts to mental health programs mean almost 400,000 seriously mentally ill people will go untreated.
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homeland security drawdowns would are result in longer wait times at airports and scaled back cyber security would mean more vulnerability to attacks from hackers in china and at home threatening our infrastructure. layoffs and furloughs affecting more than 800,000 workers in the defense industry at the same time north korea is testing a nuclear bomb. cuts at the irs would mean fewer tax return reviews and longer waits to get refunds and more than 100,000 people would be thrown out of emergency housing and on to the streets. one way or another, everyone is going to feel this while washington continues to play the blame game. >> the bottom line is very simple. the republicans have proposed devastating cuts. >> washington and democrats have gotten used to republicans bailing them out of their own lack of responsibility. >> reporter: now that we're clear at what is at stake, let's figure out whether this is really going to happen. john king is cnn's chief
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national correspondent. john, what is the likelihood of this sequester, these forced budget cuts going into effect starting friday? >> reporter: ali, there's no serious negotiation, so at the moment it looks like these will go it in. you heard the president. he not only wants a bigger deal to have some deficit reduction and a long-term plan, but he said if we can't get that by march 1st, we're not going to get that by march 1st, we should do something temporary so the cuts don't take effect. some democrats politically, including people in the white house, we see the president make his public appeals but in the short term at least they have the political upper hand and they think it would help them, meaning it would hurt the republican party's image. it would hurt republicans in congress heading into the 2014 cycle to have this happen. so both parties, both sides, if if you will, are playing some short-term political calculations. republicans think we tried to get cuts out of the president. we gave him tax increases and our only leverage is to get these cuts -- >> stand by, a senior writer
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with cnn "money. "you say quite simply, because you're more measured than i am, the cuts are bad policy and you give three specific reasons why. >> it's not the magnitude, it's the fact they're indiscriminate. the good will be cut with the bad. the essential services, things we need and like will be cut equally in equal measure with with those things that are bloated programs, that have, you know, lazy workers. saying they're treated evenly. they address the smallest part of the budget, address discretionary spending, mandatory spending but it's a third of the budget and that third has already been cut pretty much a lot over the next decade. not that it can't be cut more but the manner in which it's being cut is ridiculous. and, lastly, even though it will reduce deficits, it does nothing to reduce our debt problem because the debt problem is more in the mandatory piece of the budget and most of that is protected. medicare and social security. it's not that those programs aren't problematic, it's that
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we're getting so old so fast and there are so many of us. >> right. >> and health care costs have slowed, are still going too fast for us to afford them and cover all the people we've promised to cover to the extent we've promised to cover them. >> john king is the cnn chief national correspondent. john, always good to see you. for more in-depth coverage tune in to "your money." that's it for me. same time monday.
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this is kind of music friday. that's justin timberlake and jay-z. the two are also joining forces on a summer concert tour. that's the big announcement dubbed the legends of summer tour. the duo will hit stadiums in 12 major cities in north america starting july 17th. ja jay-z knows a thing or two about hit concert tours. back in 2011 he and connee west pulled in about $48 million from their watch the throne tour. losing an oscar race has its perks, you know. academy award nominees who don't win the golden statue sunday go home with a goody bag worth more than $45,000. this year's bag includes trips to australia, mexico, and hawaii, plus circus lessons for
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then nominee kids, a bottle of it tequila, condoms, acupuncture and aromatherapy session, and free face injections to keep that youthful glow, an l.a. marketing firm has been providing loser gift bags for more than a decade now. and this might sound like a movie but it's real. the united states is wrestling with iran, literally. wrestling, right there. the u.s. wrestling team went toe to toe with the team from iran this week and we were there. >> reporter: under the gaze of iran's supreme leader, the showdown fans were waiting for, iran taking on the u.s. two countries whose governments are bitter rivals locking horns in the wrestling world cup. the atmosphere is electric here. here is what's remarkable.
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despite the fierce competition on the mat, there's no sense of bad blood between iranies and americans. and here is how you know. right after their own wrestlers advanced, cheering loudest for this man, american gold medal winner jordan burrows. >> it was pretty cool. every time i step out there, once they see me, they're excited to see me, cheering my name, screaming my name and give me praise. pretty cool. >> reporter: true to form burroughs dominates his match. but in the end team iran is king. final score iran 6, u.s. 1. after each match a show of mutual respect, something washington and tehran have rarely shown since they broke off diplomatic ties. what you're looking at is iranian fans right now chasing after jordan burroughs like he's a rock star and the entire u.s. team as they get on the bus.
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all these guys love jordan burroughs and the fact the american team is here and this is the power of sports. look at this. >> i love you. >> reporter: there is little love in the u.s. for the iranian government. in a gallup poll last year one in three americans said iran is enemy number one. iran is viewed by a lot of americans as a dangerous place. >> sure. >> reporter: does that message match with what you see here and all the love you get? >> no. i tell you, athletes work and train together, enables us to engage with each other. >> reporter: this was team usa's tenth visit to iran. each visit stirs speculation that sport might help build bridges between the two countries. >> when we got here, they had their arms wide open to our wrestling program and to americans because they realize that it's a better world with us together. >> wrestlers get together,
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anyone can get together. >> reporter: so far the exception it to that wrestler's rule has been washington and tehran. during our visit to tehran, the iranian government's deep-seated suspicion for the international media was evident. security officials confiscated our videotape and erased interviews with both u.s. and iranian wrestlers saying we were not allowed to ask questions about politics. we ended up doing the interviews over again. it was a reminder that u.s./iran relations remain very complicated. and remember the video a former republican presidential candidate mitt romney talking about the 47% of americans? the man who brought this video into the spotlight is the grandson of former president jimmy carter. president carter was on piers morgan last night and we'll tell you what he said about the 47% video after this.
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former president jimmy carter is speaking out about mitt romney's 47% comment that carter's own grandson leaked during the presidential campaign. who can forget this? >> there are 47% who are with him who are dependent and believe they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing. >> so joining me now from washington is shannon travis. shannon, what did president carter say about this? it's not that his grandson is responsible for the tape but he helped reveal it. he brought it to everyone's attention, right? >> that's right. and we still don't know who
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actually taped the secret tape of romney in that meeting but, as you said, jimmy carter's grandson helped bring it to light. as far as jimmy carter himself, he joked with piers morgan last night, fredricka, and basically said there's an irony that a carter helped president obama win the election. president carter -- jimmy carter -- basically said this was something that mitt romney just couldn't shake, right? it clung to him. a lot of people clung to it. it sparked a lot of controversy. >> do you think that was the piv pivotal moment of destroying mitt romney's chances? >> i believe it was. it was something he could not -- it was a major factor if not the major factor. >> now, fred, jimmy carter also says that his grandson met president obama last week when president obama was there for an event and basically jimmy carter says that the president hugged james carter and thanked him.
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>> he literally said, like, thank you? >> this is what jimmy carter says. this is what the grandson says as well, that brez obama essentially ran across the room and hugged him. so that's their version of the story. >> thank you! meantime, there's an ad that's stirring up some controversy involving whole foods. president obama's head shot used to promote whole, organic chicken. what's the explanation here? what's this all about? >> yeah, yeah, fred, this had a lot of people scratching their heads. president obama selling chicken. this was only one whole foods store, let's make that clear, on the upper west side of new york city. there were basically -- they put it out on monday on presidents' day to promote the sale of chicken $1.99 a pound. the sale is going on today. a lot of residents and some shoppers were essentially offended by this saying, you know what, it promotes a stereotype of african-americans and chickens. i did some digging today. called up whole foods to talk to
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them about this and i'm going to read a statement they gave to me. quote, as a company who celebrates diversity and one that has a zero tolerance discrimination policy, we want our shoppers to know there was no intentional disrespect meant at all. and once it was brought to our attention that the sign could be perceived as controversial, it was removed immediately. the spokesman tells me, fred, that a shopper on wednesday raised some concerns about it, some complaints. they removed it that day, but that was not before a resident, a local resident who saw the sign snapped the picture of it. that's how we got the picture. >> that's a weird eitem of the day. shannon travis, thanks so much. good to see you. have a good weekend. >> you, too. >> how do we revitalize the job market after the recession especially for the middle class? tom foreman takes a look in this week's "american journey." >> reporter: every day on the busy streets of new york, irvin is hunting. he received his college degree last year, he moved here from the west coast and thought finding a job in marketing was the next logical step.
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>> not necessarily that it would be an easy task, but it wouldn't be something that almost eight months out of -- since gr graduating i'm still struggling with. >> reporter: he's not alone. >> our economy is adding jobs but too many people still can't find full-time employment. >> reporter: when president obama took office, 134 million americans were working in non-farm jobs. today after a slow recovery we're only 1.2 million jobs better off. a study found almost half of college graduates are now in jobs that do not require four-year degrees, things like janitorial services, taxi driving and retail sales. this professor helped author that study. >> let's say each one of them were making $20,000 a year more in income, which is quite plausible. we're talking about $400 billion
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a year in lost wages. >> reporter: numbers like that have made some economic analysts argue that under employment may be every bit as damaging to the economy as unemployment. and kellock irvin is caught in the middle of it all. for now he's taking freelance jobs as a photographer but -- >> that can only support me for so long before i need to head home. >> reporter: he might be the next one moving back home. tom foreman, cnn, washington. ♪ good morning, turtle. ♪ my friends are all around me ♪ my friends, they do surround me ♪ ♪ i hope this never ends ♪ and we'll be the best of friends ♪ [ male announcer ] introducing the reimagined 2013 chevrolet traverse.
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♪ and watch, with eyes wide, as it gets to work. ♪ cisco. tomorrow starts here. we're just minutes away from the closing bell. felicia taylor is joining me live. good to see you. how is it going? >> really well. the bulls are in charge today, fredricka, bouncing back from the biggest two-day drop of the year on wednesday and thursday. the strength is because of positive sentiment related to hewlett-packard's results last night. they weren't great but they weren't as bad as expectations. hp shares are up 12% and it's the biggest gainer on the dow by far. traders refer to this, though, as sort of a dead cat bounce and that's when stocks have fallen so much over a short period they have nowhere to go but up. so that doesn't necessarily mean that this rally will last until next week. the market is up 115 points as we get the closing bell.


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